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About Bobcat Bridge 

East Georgia State College, as an institution within the University System of Georgia, is a participant in the Embark program. The Embark program was developed within the University System of Georgia to provide a point of contact for students who have previously or are currently classified as a homeless or foster children. Our program on campus is named, "The Bobcat Bridge." As a participant institution, East Georgia State College is establishing our bridge to assist students with some personal needs to support them while they obtain an education.

Through the Bobcat Bridge, students are referred for assistance or apply using the attached form. Their request is then reviewed by a committee, but the only contact with the student is through the designated official. Confidentiality for the student is important for the foundation of the program to remain strong. The Bobcat Bridge program was organized to ensure that students attending East Georgia State College would not be adversely affected in their academic studies due to their inability to provide basic needs. We have an established committee to ensure that student’s needs are analyzed and provided for as we have resources available to do so. Our mission is to bridge the gap between what their current status is and enable them to reach their goals. We diligently work to provide the bridge between academics and basic needs to assist our students for their next level in academics and life.

In order for a student to receive assistance through the program, they must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Online Request form
  • Previous foster care or be classified as homeless
  • EFC (expected family contribution) cannot exceed $0 based on financial aid criteria
  • Must have unmet need in excess of $500
  • If no EFC is present they must submit the following:
    • Submit reason for extenuating circumstances
    • Letters of reference from
      • Family member
      • Clergy
      • Administrator
      • Court appointed person
  • The committee will make decisions on a case-by-case basis

The Bobcat Bridge Program will provide educational, and personal counseling, mentoring, personal care needs, and assistance with food. These services can be requested through submittal of our online form, which allows the student to do so confidentially. The request will then be reviewed by our committee to determine need and to what extent it can be performed within a 24 business hour period. The student will then be contacted and informed of where they can receive their requested items.

Standing Committee members will be as follows:

  • Director of Admissions
  • Director of Counseling and Disabilities
  • Financial Aid representative
  • Director of Student Conduct
  • VP of Institutional Advancement
  • Administrative Assistant of Social Sciences
  • First Lady of East Georgia State College

The items listed below are the typical items that may be requested, subject to availability.

  • Bath soap
  • Box/canned milk (no refrigeration needed)
  • Canned meat (i.e. Vienna Sausages)
  • Cereal
  • Composition notebooks
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Jelly
  • Juice boxes
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lotion
  • Maxi pads
  • Notebooks
  • Pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Pudding cups
  • Ramen noodles
  • Single serve meals (Macaroni bowls, pastaroni, Yakisoba)
  • Spaghetti or other pasta noodles
  • Tampons
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel size/hotel toiletries or items of any kind
  • Tuna

On-line assistance form

Bobcat Bridge Location & hours:

Academic Building Lower Level C157

Biweekly on Fridays starting January 25th at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Additional Resources

Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia
Macon, GA 31201

The Augusta Salvation Army
1384 Greene ST
Augusta, GA 30901

Augusta Rescue Mission (Men’s Shelter)
526 Walker ST
Augusta, GA  30901

Mt. Salem Outreach Mission (Men’s Shelter)
2121 Augusta RD
Gloverville, SC  29828

Salvation Army Shelter - Aiken
604 Park Ave SE
Aiken, SC  29801

Open Hearts Community Mission
P.O.Box 2048
Statesboro, GA  30458

Georgia Food Stamp Program - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Embark Georgia - Statewide Partners


For questions, contact:

  • Veronica M. Cheers

    Veronica M. Cheers

    President's Office/Academic Affairs/Student Affairs/Student Life

    Coordinator of Student Life


    Campus: Swainsboro